- Ms. Sloth
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Our dog is driving us crazy.
He’s always been anxious and high-strung. If I leave the house alone, Mr. S has to take the dog outside and around the corner so that he doesn’t see me leave, because he goes CRAZY when he watches one of us go. When we both leave, we crate him, and he doesn’t bark, but he still hates it.
When we get ready to go to work, he knows we’re about to leave and crate him, and he hides behind the couch, shaking like a leaf. We keep a blanket in his crate, and he pees on it almost every day. Today, he peed on it RIGHT IN FRONT OF US as soon as we put him in. It wasn’t that he has a full bladder, it’s just that he was so scared and anxious and angry and sad.
Whenever we walk him, if we want to run into a coffee shop for two minutes and leave him outside, he FREAKS OUT. We can’t just tie him to a tree for a minute, and it’s even bad if ONE of us goes in. The other one has to just sit there and try to get him to be quiet.
Dogs are allowed at my office, and that would help the morning anxiety, except that the few times I’ve brought him here, he’s been freaked out by the new environment and whined the ENTIRE DAY, annoying me and everyone else in the building.
He’s five years old and he’s always been like this.
I don’t like the idea of medication, but I’m not sure that there’s anything else we can do. Has anyone ever put their dogs on meds for emotional problems, and if so, did you see a change? I don’t want him to become sluggish or anything, we love his energy in general. We just want him to stop being so anxious.
If anyone has any other non-medication suggestions, I’d love to hear them too!